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Elaine Pagels (Mar 19, 2013) - Elaine Pagels is a renowned religious scholar, Harrington Spear Paine Professor of Religion at Princeton University, and author of numerous books, including The Gnostic Gospels and Revelations: Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation.

Jared Diamond (Jan 9, 2013) - Jared Diamond, author of The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn From Traditional Societies?, is a professor of geography at UCLA. He began his scientific career in physiology and expanded into evolutionary biology and biogeography. He is the author of Collapse and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Guns, Germs, and Steel. In The World Until Yesterday, he surveys the differences between the “traditional” societies and [...]

Ray Kurzweil (Nov 26, 2012) - Ray Kurzweil, author of How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed, is a true pioneer and one of the leading inventors of our time.

Steven Pinker (Oct 2, 2012) - Steven Pinker, Harvard College Professor and Johnstone Family Professor in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University. He conducts research on language and cognition and is the author of numerous books, including, most recently,The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined.

Rosanne Cash (Sep 26, 2011) - Critically acclaimed singer and songwriter, Rosanne Cash, author of Composed: A Memoir (Penguin). Interviewed by Nick Spitzer, producer and host of "American Routes" on NPR.

Neil Simon (Nov 25, 1996) - playwright and Pulitzer winner. Interviewed by Jon Jory, Former artistic director of Actors Theater of Louisville.

Sister Helen Prejean (Oct 12, 1996) - Counselor to death row inmates and author of Dead Man Walking. Interviewed by Stephen Bright, Director of Southern Center for Human Rights, native of Danville, Kentucky, UK graduate and Yale Professor.

Bill Bradley (May 13, 1996) - three time Senator, Olympic gold medallist and Rhodes Scholar. Interviewed by Eleanor Clift, former White House Correspondent, contributing editor, Newsweek and Fox News.

Great Conversations

Kentucky Author Forums are taped live by KET and shown on public television as “Great Conversations.” This television series begins its 4th season in 2012. Season 4 includes, among others, Rosanne Cash, Michio Kaku, Erik Larson, Madeleine Albright, and E. L. Doctorow. Previous seasons have aired on over 150 stations, across the U.S. and Canada. If your local public tv station doesn’t carry “Great Conversations” – we hope that you will contact them and ask them to!

Stage set designed by Bittners.

Want to watch Great Conversations on demand?

KET offers a selection of the interview series from Kentucky Author Forum.


A Great Conversation on KET

For a listing of KET scheduled airings of past Kentucky Author Forums:

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Shnayerson nominates Bingham and Kennedy to Vanity Fair Hall of Fame

Michael Shnayerson, who interviewed Michael Pollan at Kentucky Author Forum in January, 2008, nominates Clara Bingham and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. to Vanity Fair Hall of Fame, for their work defending America’s mountains. Read more at:

Siddhartha Mukherjee wins Pulitzer

Siddhartha Mukherjee, author of The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer and scheduled as a Forum guest on October 13, 2011, wins Pulitzer Prize for non-fiction:

Gene Sperling appointed director of the National Economic Council

President Obama has appointed Gene Sperling, Author Forum guest in 2006, as director of the National Economic Council.
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Jonah Lehrer covers fascinating subjects

Jonah Lehrer, 29 years old, who will be interviewing Nobel Laureate Dr. Eric Kandel on February 15, covers fascinating subjects in his own recent writings:
He writes about the scientific method in the December 13 issue of The New Yorker.
Lehrer wrote earlier this month about the “Heroic Imagination Project” in The Wall Street Journal.
In the December 19 New York times Magazine, Lehrer writes about theoretical physicist Geoffrey West, whose current work is focused on “solving the city.”

Dr. Susan Love Discusses New Edition

Dr. Susan Love, guest of the Author Forum in 1997, discusses her new edition of The Breast Book with The Courier-Journal.

Publishers Weekly

The Kentucky Author Forum was highlighted for its 16th season by Publishers Weekly.

Okrent’s book discussed in Washington Post

Columnist George Will looks at the political lessons of Prohibition – through the lens of Dan Okrent’s recent book, Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition. Okrent was a Kentucky Author Forum featured guest in May, 2010.

Rick Atkinson earns Pritzker Award for Lifetime Achievement

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and historian, Rick Atkinson awarded the Pritzker Award for Lifetime Achievement. Atkinson interviewed Tom Brokaw at Kentucky Author Forum in November, 2007.